All members of Iceland’s Eurovision delegation at Eurovision 2021 have been placed into quarantine after one of its delegates tested positive for COVID-19.
The EBU released a statement confirming Daði og Gagnamagnið will not attend this evening’s Turquoise Carpet event.
Iceland Eurovision delegation member tests positive for COVID-19
Full statement from the EBU:
“During a routine test on Sunday 16 May, a member of the Icelandic delegation tested positive for COVID-19.
In accordance with our strict health and safety protocol this person has now gone into isolation and as a precautionary measure, the other members of their delegation will also now undergo a PCR test and self-isolate.
Unfortunately, this means that the Icelandic delegation will now not attend the Turquoise Carpet event in person this afternoon (Sunday 16 May).
We will have further updates in due course and send our best wishes to the whole delegation.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is taking place this year with the full support and assistance of the Dutch authorities. Our primary objective is to produce a fully COVID 19 safe event, and the health and welfare of all those taking part, working at the event or in the audience is our most important priority.
A range of strict measures, including isolation, social distancing and regular testing have been imposed on everyone on the advice of health professionals to ensure everyone’s safety.
We are deeply grateful for the support of the authorities in this, and to all the delegations, crew, venue staff and contractors for their willing co-operation to make sure the Contest can take place.”
It is currently unknown which member of the Icelandic delegation tested positive for the disease.
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Eurovision 2021: COVID-19 contingency plan
The EBU failed to comment on Daði og Gagnamagnið’s upcoming participation in the second semi-final on Thursday 20 May.
However, Eurovision Song Contest Executive Producer Sietse Bakker recently told NOS that in the event of a nation’s delegate testing positive, the act would be barred from performing on the Rotterdam Ahoy stage. Instead, they would have to resort to the live-on-tape recording that were filmed prior to travelling to The Netherlands.
Earlier this week, a member of Poland’s Eurovision delegation also tested positive for COVID-19. Again, the EBU did not comment on Rafał’s participation in Thursday’s semi-final. But soon after, Sweden’s Aftonbladet reported that Poland will use the recording of Rafał’s second on-stage rehearsal of “The Ride” rather than the live-on-tape backup recording.
News about the nature of Iceland’s participation is anticipated soon.
All of us at wiwibloggs send our best wishes to the Icelandic delegation and hope all of its members stay in good health over the course of their stay and beyond.